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KDA Releases Custom Rates Survey



MANHATTAN, Kansas — The Kansas Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the Kansas State University Land Use Survey Program has published the 2020 Custom Rates Survey, a summary of rates paid for custom work. The survey and report are released on a biennial basis.


The report details the average rates paid by Kansas farmers and ranchers for custom work performed on their operation in 2020. Rates reflect fair market value for custom services either rendered or hired and can be used by Kansas farmers and ranchers as they make decisions about rate charges.


“We view the Kansas Custom Rates Survey as a very valuable tool for farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses to access as they enter into new and negotiate existing contracts and agriculture service arrangements,” said Secretary Mike Beam. “KDA works to provide support and assistance to help make Kansas agriculture more successful, and we are pleased to partner with K-State to publish this biennial survey.”


Last published in 2018, the new report indicates average custom rates have increased; it also includes historical tables and graphs which show results from previous surveys. Prices in the report should not be regarded as official or established rates.


For more complete information and access to the report, please visit the KDA website at or contact KDA economist Peter Oppelt at 785-564-6726 or


KS Virtual Job Fair July 28-30

Governor Laura Kelly Announces Department of Commerce’s Third KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair


TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the third KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair will be held today, Tuesday, July 28, through Thursday, July 30.


“We need to maintain a strong, healthy workforce in our state, and getting Kansans back to work safely is one of my top priorities,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “The KANSASWORKS virtual job fair has proven to be a creative and effective way to connect Kansans with jobs opportunities, and will be important as our economy recovers from the challenges of COVID-19.”


The virtual fair will allow job seekers to easily live chat with employers from across the state through computers and mobile devices. This is the third KANSASWORKS virtual job fair so far in 2020, with four more planned later this year.


Click here to register.


The Department of Commerce moved its statewide job fairs online this year to eliminate the public health risks associated with mass gatherings, while continuing to provide job opportunities for job seekers and maintain a ready workforce for Kansas businesses.


“Increasing employment opportunities and keeping our economy strong is a top priority of the Department of Commerce,” Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “The need for both businesses and job seekers in our state is significant, but health and safety concerns mean it’s still not safe to hold in-person job fairs. The Virtual Statewide Job Fair system is a perfect example of how our KANSASWORKS team is continuing to provide Kansans access to employers in a way that protects everyone involved.”


This year’s second virtual fair in June was a great success, with approximately 165 employers and 1,497 jobseekers participating. Employers represented included:


  • KanEquip, Inc.
  • Foley Equipment
  • Fuller Industries
  • Johns Manville
  • National Beef
  • PKM Steel Service Inc.
  • Salina Regional Health Center
  • Cornejo
  • Russell Stover
  • Reser’s Fine Foods
  • Johnsonville
  • Dillons
  • Glassman Corporation
  • CivicPlus
  • ADT
  • Bombardier Aviation
  • Creekstone Farms
  • Southwest Medical Center
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Goodwill Industries of Kansas
  • Emprise Bank
  • Wichita Public Schools
  • The University of Kansas


As concerns for the health and safety of Kansans remain high due to COVID-19, the Department of Commerce will maintain the virtual job fair system for the remainder of 2020. Future statewide events are scheduled for:  


  • August 25-27
  • September 22-24
  • October 27-29
  • December 8-9


As these dates get closer, updates will be provided with employer and jobseeker registration links for each individual virtual fair.


Kansas Unemployment Services “Resets”

Governor Laura Kelly Shares Update from Kansas Department of Labor

Call center representatives added, virtual assistant launched


TOPEKA—The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) has been working with a team of specialists from Accenture for just over two weeks as they provide operational and technological assessments to improve the delivery of unemployment services.


“We know there have been major issues and missteps, we’ve hit the reset button and are focusing on the future,” Governor Kelly said. “Accenture is reviewing and providing recommendations to improve the stability of our systems to make sure they are readily available to support Kansans.”


While the assessment is still underway, improvements are already being implemented. Since the pandemic began, KDOL has delivered $1.2 billion in unemployment claims to nearly 200,000 Kansans.


One of the primary difficulties the agency has had is the high volume of calls coming in that require highly-trained customer service representatives to address. At the direction of Governor Kelly, KDOL has worked with Accenture to add call center representatives who are trained in unemployment surge response and will be able to provide progressively higher levels of service to callers. The first group of new representatives started taking calls on Monday and more will start next week after completing training.


In addition to hiring more call center representatives, KDOL has hired seven additional IT employees to speed up implementation of the various federal unemployment programs. Those hires include professionals with specific experience in the programming language that KDOL’s outdated system was built in.


KDOL has also launched a new online virtual agent named Amelia who can answer the agency’s most frequently asked questions regarding unemployment benefits. Amelia can be found in the bottom right hand corner of and as of Monday afternoon has had nearly 7,000 conversations, exchanging more than 23,000 messages with users.


Accenture has previously worked with more than half a dozen other states in addressing COVID-related programs. Like Kansas, many states have struggled due to the sheer number of unemployment claims and their antiquated computer systems. Accenture has stated that the system in Kansas is one of the most severe cases of outdated technology they have encountered.


As it develops its recommendations, the Accenture team is applying lessons learned from their work in other states, including how to use federal stimulus funds to rebuild antiquated systems and adding automated features to the website to help answer questions and get Kansans paid quicker.


“The response model being implemented will be able to be scaled up as needed and there will be more trained agents and technology workarounds for the current computer system,” KDOL Acting Secretary Ryan Wright said. “Our top priority is to get Kansans paid as quickly as possible and with good customer service.”


Currently, nearly everything in the KDOL system must be done manually with minimal automation, which means processes take longer and fewer Kansans can be served. The data and metrics are not stored in a central location, which makes it cumbersome to verify and difficult to provide consistent system reporting. 


“Once the surge response is stabilized, we’ll be able to turn attention to the badly needed system rebuild, so we never face this situation again,” Wright said.

Governor Kelly Praises KANSASWORKS Virtual Job Fair



TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today applauded the success of the recent KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair, which involved some 165 employers and 1,497 jobseekers.


After the online event from Tuesday, June 23, to Thursday, June 25, participating employers reported strong response from people looking for work statewide.


“The economic impact of COVID-19 has led to an enormous need for workforce services in our state, but health and safety concerns mean in-person job fairs can’t happen,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “The virtual job fair was an innovative model to keep Kansans healthy and to keep Kansas open for business.”


The success of the virtual job fair demonstrated Kansans’ ability to adapt to challenges in providing a virtual tool to connect jobseekers with a variety of employment opportunities across the state. Employers represented in the June 23 virtual job fair included:


  • KanEquip Inc.
  • Foley Equipment
  • Fuller Industries
  • Johns Manville
  • National Beef
  • PKM Steel Service Inc.
  • Salina Regional Health Center
  • Cornejo
  • Russell Stover
  • Reser’s Fine Foods
  • Johnsonville
  • Dillons
  • Glassman Corporation
  • CivicPlus
  • ADT
  • Bombardier Aviation
  • Creekstone Farms
  • Southwest Medical Center
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Goodwill Industries of Kansas
  • Emprise Bank
  • Wichita Public Schools
  • The University of Kansas


“In these challenging times, we have to be flexible,” Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “I’m proud of our KANSASWORKS team for its creativity in making sure that Kansans continue to have access to employers in a way that keeps everyone safe.”


As concerns for the health and safety of Kansans remain high due to COVID-19, the Department of Commerce will maintain the virtual job fair system for the remainder of 2020. Statewide events will be held on the following dates:


  • July 28-30
  • August 25-27
  • September 22-24
  • October 27-29
  • December 8-9


As these dates get closer, updates will be provided with employer and jobseeker registration links for each individual virtual fair.


Bourbon County Has Funding For Helping Businesses Recover

The Bourbon County Economic Director announces that Bourbon County was awarded $132,000 Community Development Block Grant-CV Grant for county businesses.

“We will announce open applications as soon as we can, we know you are eager to obtain relief,” Jody Hoener said. “The granting process will be based on a scoring algorithm that will be widely available.”

“The grant’s purpose is for job retention,” she said. ” In addition to year-round employment, our priorities in granting will also include closure/impact to operations, other relief awarded, and food system supply chain impact.”

To view the news release from the Department of Commerce  click here:

“If you have any questions at all do not hesitate to reach out,” she said.

She can be reached at
1-620-215-5725 Mobile

Virtual Statewide Job Fair



The fifth annual Statewide Job Fair is going virtual, and employers from across the state will be hiring. The job fair will take place from 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, to Thursday, May 28, 5 p.m. If you would like to chat live with any of the employer participants, you can do so Wednesday, May 27, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

For more information and to pre-register for the event, please visit

Bandera Stone Seeks Employee

Bandera Stone, Inc. has immediate employment available at our Redfield KS facility.

Experience in stone fabrication helpful but not necessary – we will provide training.

This is an outdoor type work environment and the ability to perform physical labor is required.

Full time positions with competitive pay rate plus benefits including health/life/disability insurance, retirement plan, vacation & holidays.

For more information & to apply call 620-223-3920 or email


Emergency Response Loans In Fort Scott

Rachel Pruitt

Rachel Pruitt, Fort Scott’s Economic Director, gave a press release that details loans to local businesses who are struggling financially.

The Kansas Department of Commerce CDBG Program has drastically changed the requirements of the Revolving Loan Fund program, according to information provided by Pruitt.

The City of Fort Scott is encouraging immediate use of the Revolving Loan Fund to support the working capital needs of businesses in Fort Scott, she noted.

The City’s CDBG Revolving Loan Fund has up to $260,000 directed towards small businesses with the highest risk of closing and/or laying off workers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of this program is to retain existing jobs.

There is a maximum of up to $10,000 per business to stimulate job retention.

Employers are asked on the following forms to fill out a job certification form for each employee being retained.

To view the details, click below:

Department of Commerce launches COVID jobs website



Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce today launched a new jobs website, connecting job seekers with Kansas businesses hiring to fill urgent needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 jobs site,, allows employers from essential industries to quickly and easily post critical positions that need to be filled to support activities related to helping individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. The site, which is available at no cost to employers or job seekers, will be updated continuously as businesses add new jobs to the system.

Job seekers can visit the site to find companies hiring for COVID-19-related positions and quickly access company hiring portals.

“While the COVID-19 crisis has led to many Kansans losing their jobs, it’s also driven demand and opportunity for some functions in critical industries such as food and grocery, shipping and logistics and healthcare,” Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “The COVID-19 jobs website allows us to quickly connect individuals looking for work with companies that have urgent hiring needs, particularly those related to support needed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.”

To access the COVID jobs website, visit

For current information on COVID-19 in Kansas and to sign up for updates, go to the KDHE COVID-19 Resource Center at To access resources available to businesses, please visit


Need A Source of Income? Jobs Are Available

North Main Street, downtown Fort Scott.

With the loss of jobs due to the pandemic in the country, many people are looking for sources of income after losing their jobs.

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce has put together a list of available local jobs.



Store Team Member

WAL-MART~ Ft. Scott

General Maintenance

Caps 1 & 2 team Members




Customer Service Rep

Delivery Driver’s

ARBY’S~ Ft. Scott

Crew Members

McDonald’s ~ 2224 S. Main St.

Assistant Manager

Crew Person

PIZZA HUT ~ 1810 S. Main St.

Team Member

Assistant Restaurant Manager

Delivery Driver

Restaurant General Manager

WENDY’S~ 2000 S. Main St.

Crew Member

Assistant General Manager

Restaurant Manager

TACO BELL~ 2305 S. Main St.

General Manager

Crew Member

Shift Leaders

SUBWAY~ 1715 S. National Ave.

Sandwich Artist


Shift Leader



Warehouse Associate

LABCONCO Corp.~ 2500 Liberty Bell Rd

Mechanical Assembly

EXTRUSIONS, INC.~ 2401 S. Main St.

Manufacturing Positions


Production (entry level) Assembler

Second Shift Saw Operator

CNC Operator – 2nd shift

Field Service Technician


Thermal Labor

MID-CONTINENTAL ~ 401 E. Hudson St.

Construction Laborers

Brick/Stone Mason



Natural Gas Technician – travel, on-call.

$15-$20 pay range

Apply on Indeed or USDI out of Wichita


Case Picker/Warehouse

Stack Station Operator


WARD-KRAFT~ 2401 Cooper St.

Production Member


WARD-KRAFT~ 2401 Cooper St.

Data Entry/ CSR

COBALT MEDPLANS ~ 2801 S. Horton St.

Claims Examiner

Customer Service Representative

DFC – State of Kansas

Child Protection Specialist


Direct Business Sales to Business


Full-Time Teller – South Branch

Commercial Banking Loan Assistant


F/T Claims Examiner

F/T Data Entry


Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

UMB Financial Corporation

Personal Banker I

Rent-A-Center – Ft. Scott

Customer Account Rep

E3 Ranch – Ft. Scott, KS

Digital Marketing Coordinator, Social

Media, Email, Social Media


Adoption Accelerator

T-ROC– Ft. Scott, KS

Wireless Specialist (F/T) Feeder

CASH To GO– Ft. Scott, KS

Office Manager



Professional Drivers


Wireless Retail Sales Associate


HCBS Supervisor – Home Health

Home Health Aide – PCS

Certified Nursing Assistant


2401 S. Horton


PRN – Sining Service Assist. Dietary Aide




PRN – Housekeeping/Laundry Supervisor

CHC/SEK ~ Fort Scott

Registration Clerk/Primary Care

Tri-Valley Development Services ~ 4305 Campbell

Residential Services Specialist

Day Services Specialist (DSS)


Home Health RN Case Mgr $2500 Bonus

Hospice RN Case Manager

Hospice Rn/PRN

Hospice RN Part Time

Home Health PRN/RN

R1 RCMFt. Scott (PRN)

Patient Registration Rep.

2020 Spring Job Fair April 9

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces the…
Thursday, April 9, 2020
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Ellis Fine Arts Center
on the campus of
Fort Scott Community College,
2108 S. Horton Street.
Employers of any size seeking employees are encouraged to reserve a booth. The job fair will give business owners the opportunity to recruit both students and community members for seasonal, part-time and full-time positions. This event is also an opportunity for employers to network with each other and promote their company to the public.
The cost to reserve an employer booth is $50 for Chamber members or $90 for non-Chamber members.
To register or for more information, contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at 620.223.3566 or
Employers ~
Click HERE for printable registration form.
Click HERE to register online.
Employers may register for a booth today!
Job seekers do not need to register,
just arrive that day with a resume
and presentably dressed!

Community Snapshot: Bourbon County Economy

The tagline for the 2020 Census is “Shape your future. START HERE.” Courtesy photo.

The 2020 Census is coming on April 1, 2020, and with it comes the opportunity to provide for community needs.


The data used is helpful because it impacts everything from school lunches to libraries to wastewater systems, Kansas Secretary of Commerce David Toland said in an April, 2019 press release.


It is vital to Kansas businesses and communities to have a full and accurate count of people living in the state, Secretary Toland said.


“Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.

The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.

It’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.” according to the census website.


The census gives a snapshot of communities.


For example, the per capita income in Bourbon County was $22,822 in 2018, according to


Per capita income is determined by dividing an area’s income by its population and counts each man, woman, and child, even newborn babies, as a member of the population.  Household income counts all people residing under one roof as a household, according to


In Bourbon County, the median household income is $40,733 in 2018, according to the census website.


People living in poverty account for 16 percent of Bourbon County’s population.


Snapshot of Bourbon County

To get a snapshot of the local economic scene, FortScott.Biz asked local business, school and government entities some questions on what their employees earn and what services they provide the community.


The information given is intended to  look at the wages in the  public and private sectors. It also includes services the entities provide.


The Bourbon County Courthouse.


Bourbon County

The county has a land area of 635 square miles, and in 2019 had 14, 653 people living here, according to the government census website.


The Bourbon County government has 112 employees.


Jody Hoenor is the economic development director for Bourbon County and is the highest-paid employee earning $70,000 a year.


The lowest hourly wage, $8.58 in the county, is for election board workers, according to files provided by Bourbon County Clerk Kendall Mason.


The county provides county law enforcement, emergency medical services (ambulance) in collaboration with the city of Fort Scott, road and bridge repair and maintenance, emergency preparedness, landfill, land deeds,  health department services, economic development services, appraisal services, Elm Creek Lake services.


For more information about the county, click below;




USD 234 Board of Education Building, 424 S. Main


USD 234

USD 234 is the Fort Scott School District that provides education for pre-school through high school students.


It is also one of the biggest employers in the city.


“Currently we have 373 that we consider being full-time employees receiving benefits for our purposes,” Gina Shelton, USD234 Business Manager, said. “Full-time with the school is 630 hours a year or more which is the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System threshold. On a typical month, we run a payroll of 440 employees, which would include subs, recreation hourly, and other part-time help. The recreation department is a part of our budget and their employees are part of our payroll,” Gina Shelton, business manager of USD 234 said.


To view the USD234 Salary Schedule, which is on the website of the district:


To view the classified employees pay schedule:


Ted Hessong, superintendent of the Fort Scott school district, is the highest-paid employee and earns $118,000 a year, according to the info provided by the district.


The lowest hourly wage in the district is for summer part-time not- on-contract and bus monitor employees, who earn $7.25 per hour, according to the info provided by the district.


Uniontown High School

USD 235

The Uniontown School District serves the area outside the Fort Scott district and the campus is located in western Bourbon County.

USD 235 provides education to pre-school through high school-age children and also has a fitness center for students and patrons in the district’s use.

“We have 123 employees on the payroll, with 79 full time,” Sherri Hartman, clerk for the district, said.

“The entry-level pay varies by position, but the lowest entry-level pay is 80% of $12.27 hourly. The highest entry-level pay is 80% of $19.65 hourly. Teacher placement is according to the salary schedule.”
“The highest earner is the superintendent, Brett Howard, at $95,350,” she said.
For information on the school district, click below:



Fort Scott Community College

Fort Scott Community College


Fort Scott Community College is a two-year college.


For January the FSCC payroll  had 173 faculty and staff, 56 adjunct instructors,  and 33 work-study students, Juley McDaniel, human resource director at the college, said.


The lowest entry-level wage for employees at FSCC is $9.50/hr. for full time regular staff employees working at an hourly wage.  FSCC has federal work-study students and tutors that are hired at a flat rate of $8.00/hr. and are part time student-filled positions.


“Median faculty salary is $41,967,” McDaniel said. “This does not count adjunct wages as they are paid per credit hour taught. Median staff wage is $37,450 when counting part time assistant coaches. This does not count student workers, but does take into account the migrant grant positions in other states where we serve as the fiscal agent. Median staff wage is $40,050 when not counting part time  assistant coaches. This does not count student workers, but does take into account the migrant grant positions in other states where we serve as the fiscal agent.”


To be considered full time for faculty is a bit different at the college level.


“Per the negotiated agreement between faculty and administration, full time entails 32-40 hours a week,” McDaniel said. “Our faculty fall into one of four categories – 169 day, 189 day, 209 day, and 12 month.”


Some of the services the college provides to the community:

The community service of student clubs and athletic teams, reading with elementary students, cleaning, supporting USD 234 activities like Family Fun Night, reading, first day of school welcome, fundraiser product disbursement , etc.   Over 6000 hours were clocked from athletics alone in 2018.  This doesn’t count student clubs like President’s Ambassadors, Phi Theta Kappa, Student Nurse Organization, McDaniel said.

Other services FSCC provides:

  • Bourbon county tuition waiver up to 15 credit hours per semester,
  • Bourbon County High School Waiver for any Bourbon County high school student taking a concurrent class for one KBOR-approved class,
  • Ellis  Fine Arts Center– school programs, community meetings, etc. (multiple use by school district including testing, theater),
  • Gordon Parks Museum – free to visitors and hosts school field trips to schools,
  • Student Success Center – computer, internet, and printer access (up to 10 pages free) for students and general public,
  • Library access,
  • Host annually Math Relays, Music Contest, National History Day, Aggie Day,
  • Cosmetology services through Cosmetology Program,
  • Continuing ed. classes for the public, specialized training for businesses as needed,
  • Walking trail and old Lincoln Schoolhouse are maintained by FSCC maintenance,
  •   Free Kid’s Fairs twice a year
  •    Home Show help
  •   Kid’s College once a year
  •  Parade participation
  • Cosmotology provides free haircuts for students
  •  Cosmotology provides free hairstyling  and manicures at nursing homes (Pittsburg)
  •   Zumba classes last year
  • Donations to community events, prom/after proms, and other events
  •  Band volunteers at the Veteran’s Day celebration


Fort Scott City Hall.


City of Fort Scott

Deb Needleman, Human Resource Director for the city gave the following information:


The highest-paid employee earns $107, 463- City Manager Dave Martin.


Earnings of part-time entry-level positions are for summer seasonal help-life guards and golf cart attendees, Needleman said.


The lowest full-time entry-level employee in the city is $21, 555 per year.


The city has 100 full-time employees.


The city provides police and fire services, emergency medical services(in collaboration with the county government), public water services, public works (including streets), parks, lakes, the LaRoche Ball Park, an aquatic center,  a golf course, an airport, community development, economic development, and a tourism office, according to information provided by Needleman.


To learn more about the city of Fort Scott, click below:


The Fort Scott Public Library although not a department of the city, does receive MILL Levy funds which pass through the City of Fort Scott,  but the City is a pass-through only for those funds, Needleman said.


Buck Run Community Center (BRCC) is owned by the city and the city provides funds to maintain and operate it, the decisions about activities that are offered operates through the recreation board, Needleman said.




For a private sector view, Ward-Kraft, Inc. gave the following information.

Ward-Kraft, Inc.

Ward-Kraft, Inc. is one of the largest employers in the county and has six companies under its umbrella. It is not a public entity like the others featured.


Ward-Kraft Holding Company, Inc  includes Ward-Kraft, Fort Scott Munitions, KW Cattle, Reprologix, 4-States Sanitation, and Christian Learning Center and has 326 employees, according to Gina Staudinger, Chief Business Officer with Ward-Kraft.


Average work hours involve three shifts for production 7 am – 3 pm, 3 pm – 11 pm, 11 pm – 7 am.     Office hours vary between 7 am – 5 pm.     All full-time members are expected to work at least 40 hours per week, and overtime as needed, Staudinger noted.


The median wage for employees is $15.50.


Entry-level wages are    $10.00 – $11.81 per hour base but vary with previous job experience and position filled.    For office personnel  is it $10.26 – $15.60; off-line production – $10.00 – $16.30; press operators, collator operators, machinists, machine maintenance – $11.60 – $22.20.


Non-government entities are not required by law to supply information and Ward-Kraft said they do not share who the top earner is in the business.


To learn more about Ward-Kraft, click below:

Citizens are asked to complete the U.S. Census Bureau survey when received on April 1, 2020.